The Cublington Tennis Trek, held on October 2nd was heralded a great success as 24 players from the club, local area and guests from Halton and Princes Risborough took part in the third village Tennis Trek. (Previously held in 2004 and 2007)
This was a mixed round robin event played on four village courts – two at the Tennis Club, Orchard Ground, and on the delightful private garden courts in the village at the Old Stables and the Old Rectory. All players got to play on all courts, trekking round the village to compete in three of the 6 rounds of matches.
The four top placed male and females then played off in semi final sets before the winning team of Will Lightfoot (Cublington TC) and Gertruud Van Dijken (Princes Risborough TC) right claimed their prize against Jean Barnett and Peter Orchard.
A sumptuous rolling BBQ feast was available during the day and many guests and supporters enjoyed the tennis as well as the sunshine. More than £500 was raised towards the potential refurbishment of the courts to an “artificial turf ” surface, hopefully next Spring.
Organiser Gary says a further event is being planned for next year by kind permission of both the George and the Peck families.
Community SpeedWatch is a traffic monitoring scheme coordinated by Thames Valley Police in partnership with local councils and other stakeholders, but managed and run by
neighbourhood policing teams and Community Volunteers.
How it works
• SpeedWatch can only operate in areas up to a 40 miles per hour speed limit. Community Volunteers work alongside Thames Valley Police officers to identify vehicles which break the speed limit.
• Registration numbers are entered onto a database which produces a letter informing the registered owner that their vehicle has been noted to have exceeded the speed limit and asking them not to do so in the future.
• If the same registration number is logged in another SpeedWatch anywhere within Thames Valley, the owner will receive another letter advising them that if they are caught a third time, the information will be passed onto Roads Policing, who may take further action.
Volunteers must be over 18 years old, and we need a minimum of six Community Volunteers to make this work. If you would like to be involved and reduce the speed of vehicles in the village please contact Mike Bush at 14 Whitchurch Road, or by e-mail on firstname.lastname@example.org
Although spring appears to be very slow this year in the next few weeks there will be a flurry of honey bee swarms.
There is a swarm collection service provided by the Mid Bucks Bee Keepers Association in conjunction with the British Bee Keepers Association.
If contacted by the public reporting a swarm of bees we will do our best to collect it if possible and provide advice and guidance to people.
Last year we dealt with over 300 calls from the general public and commercial organisations.
Our members attended over 120 honey bee swarms.
This is probably a good sign of the health of the pollinator population in our area.
The mild wet winter and this cold spring have not been good for honey bees in particular so every swarm will be important to us as beekeepers.
MBBKA Swarm Hotline 07770 370132 or BBKA British Bee Keepers Association website http:www.bbka.org.uk
Advice on swarms as a downloadable pdf available here
swarm collection 2016
(MBBKA & BBKA swarm officer)
The inauguration of the new commemorative walk with lectern and map and took place on the Nob on Easter Sunday. Over 70 villagers, friends and relatives attended the opening ceremony led by Joan Waples and then walked the walk in brilliant sunshine before retiring to the Biggs Pavilion. It was indeed a fitting tribute to our sadly missed friend.
Your memory will live on.
Thanks to all those who provided the ample refreshments along with sandwiches, snacks and cakes.
Yet again a triumph from the Cublington panto crew. A wonderful marriage of Enid Blyton and Robert Louis Stevenson saw The Famous Five, rather unusually, go to Treasure Island. Jane Alexander exuded calm confidence as Julian with Ally Lovatt very professional in the role of Dick. Chris Gibby’s bunches, as Anne, will surely set a new fashion for 2016. Out with the hipster beards and in with bunches! We enjoyed Di Grace’s tom-boyish portrayal of George. Was there a subliminal message in the dungarees? Emma Gurney’s Timmy the dog set a record for the Cublington panto of being completely word perfect. Careful, you’ll do Kim the Prompt out of job. Oh, hang on… Aunt Bessie (surely Aunt Fanny? Ed.) was superbly portrayed by Jan Antosiewicz, channelling his inner Miriam Margoyles and was snatched away by the dastardly pirate chief John Law, channelling his inner Keith Richards, ably assisted by First Mate (newcomer Jennie Chappell) and Roger the Cabin Boy (Chloe Wilson in fine voice).
The action moved from Aunt Bessie’s cottage to a sun kissed Caribbean where we met Creuset the Cannibal – Chris Brandon wearing a flesh coloured, figure-hugging body stocking and a few palm fronds to hide his blushes. At least, I hope he was wearing a flesh-coloured body stocking, otherwise the mind boggles at the near miss we all had, especially the unfortunates in the front two rows. Some things can never be unseen… There was music, with Evelyn the height of professionalism on the piano. Chloe too, sang beautifully. The others… Well, at one point John Law asked the audience to join in if they knew the words. We will if you know the tune, came the reply. Many thanks to all those who made this production possible , such a cherished part of the fabric of Cublington life.
Thanks too, to the writers, the producers, the directors, the ticket sellers, scene shifters, doormen and make up artists, sound technicians, the best boy and the grip (what is that? I’ve always wanted to know). We appreciate all of your efforts, the long dark nights of the soul as you stumble to rehearsals without even the possibility of a pint in the Unicorn afterwards as you’re doing dry January, and the arguments over who gets to wear those dungarees this time.
We loved it all.
See you next year.
An exhibition by Martyn Gates
This unique social commentary of the village of Cublington features not only people living in the village, but also events that have taken place, buildings and the surrounding landscape.
The exhibition is from Monday, February 22, till Friday, March 4, at Queens Park Arts Centre, Aylesbury.
The ceremony to open the Waples Walk will take place on Easter Sunday, 27th March at 2pm. Villagers are asked to congregate on the Nob for the unveiling of the lectern showing a map of the walk, followed by the walk, for those who want to of course, (approximately 2 miles), followed by refreshments in the Biggs Pavilion.
CATEGORY – GURNEY CUP
The winners: Stoke Goldington
Joint Runners-up: Little Marlow & Little Missenden
These are the judges’ comments on Cublington:
“The graveyard was well maintained and the Unicorn pub was tidy and litter free. The pump is a nice retained feature but had weeds around the base. The children’s play area has modern equipment but the safety surfaces need improving. The village is obviously very proud of the cricket ground and pavilion which is well maintained predominantly by volunteers showing community involvement, and the Cublington Community Growers Group is a good sign of a community pulling together. The area around the pond needs some attention to clear the growth at the edges. The village hall was being used for play nursery and we were told that several activities take place there but these were not indicated on the hall notice board. The carved village sign is a very attractive feature to the village. The bus shelter was tidy and the village was litter free. The schedule of features was most helpful.”
The marks awarded were 74 out of 100.
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The Committee thanks all residents who participated in the recent ballot;
81% of all households in the Parish wanted their votes to be included in the ballot. The remaining 19% of all households were not seen personally by a Steering Committee member but a note was left with virtually all of these households inviting them to make contact if they wanted their vote to be included.
The Steering Committee is satisfied that all households/individuals in the Parish were given an opportunity to cast their votes.
The results, based on all individuals who voted in the North Field Ballot, are as follows:
40% wanted to leave the field for Agricultural usage
60% wanted a Woodland Amenity to be created in the field
This concludes the first stage of this process, please note that these results do not automatically mean that the current rental agreement on the North Field will terminate in September 2019. These results will now be reported to the Parish Council and the next stage of this process will be discussed at the Parish Council meeting on the 14th July 2015.
North Field Steering Committee 2nd June 2015